• Truck Rewind: Innotruck – Is This the Truck of the Future From the Past?


    While it looks like a model from the recent Blade Runner 2049 film, the Innotruck was a testbed for various emerging technologies. Back in 2012, it was introduced at the MobiliTec international trade fair at the Hannover Messe – one of the world’s largest trade fairs. It is held on the Hanover Fairground in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany.

    This is a completely unique and (potentially) revolutionary design that incorporates the trailer as a combined component with the space age cockpit. The drive section rotates underneath the digital cockpit. While the look is futuristic, it has to be said, the nearly all-glass cockpit appears to have outstanding sight-lines.

    Siemens states that the Innotruck has a modified diesel engine which serves as a range extender for the electric power system. The Innotruck was commissioned by Siemens. The cockpit slides forward for access, like a fighter jet. While it never went into production, the idea still has contemporary validity

    “Innotruck is intended to serve as both a testbed and a demonstration vehicle for a number of emerging technologies. These include drive-by-wire operation, car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications, and plug-and-play applications.The electric vehicle also has displays and controls that can adapt to each driver’s capabilities, and to constantly-changing conditions such as traffic flow and driver alertness. This ensures that the driver will never be deluged with more information than they need for the task currently at hand, but will also automatically receive data as it is needed.” – – Siemens
    While the design looks like a Syd Mead creation, it was designed buy famed Italian designer Luigi Colani. While specifics are hard to come by, the current location and condition of the Innotruck is unknown. Among several lofty plans, one was to turn it into a mobil recharging station for electric vehicles. It could also be a mobile power station for locations where emergency power is needed.

    What do you think? If you have information about where the Innotruck is located, or what its become, please comment below!

    Nathan Adlen
    Nathan Adlen
    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.

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    11 thoughts on “Truck Rewind: Innotruck – Is This the Truck of the Future From the Past?

      1. Toycrusher – – –

        How can Siemens create this footprint consuming design, when European regulations require such severe length limits that all semi’s must be cab-over?


          1. Robert – – –

            Thanks. That was a pretty impressive piece o’ truckin’!
            But these are exceptions, done with “guides” to assure clearances; not usual semi’s.
            But you’re right about awards going to some of these drivers: I visited Israel once (1993), and when two buses met on the Jerusalem-to-Jericho road, I thought we’d had it. But they just “clicked mirrors” and kept going as though it was not a big deal!


            1. @Bernie
              We have similar Cabovers,( in fact these days ,becoming the majority type of Truck here) but much wider Cabs than the Europeans would use. These have sleeper as well as day Cabs.
              One interesting fact ,is ROGER PENSKE imports MAN ( Volkswagen) and Western Star (Daimler/ Mercedes Benz) Trucks for his dealerships. MAN and Western Star have a niche here and MAN is growing . Parts with the exception of Volvo ,have been a major problem with European Trucks.
              Other Trucks like Kenworth, Mack,Volvo and IVECO are built and in many cases designed in Australia.

    1. Looks more like a “lounge car” for entertaining corporate executives than any kind of work vehicle. As already stated, woefully inefficient use of space, although it looks fast even when it’s standing still. Having the kingpin so far ahead of the tractor’s rear wheels seems like it would be impractical on the road – watch the video at 4:24 and see how far out into the next lane the left rear corner of the traction part swings as it makes a mild turn to the right.

      Funny that is says “Siemens” painted in big letters on the vehicle, but the text of the article says “Siemans”. Nathan is testing us to see if we’re paying attention 😉

    2. Except range extenders have come out in fore and have also been announced by many manufacturers.

      Honda’s Accord hybrid, Clarity, Civic Hybrid, CRV Hybrid,, all Infinity’s hybrids are going to be range extenders. Workhorse trucks, Cummins diesel hybrids powertrains in semi tractors in many different brands of semis.

      And on and on and on and on.

      But some people don’t want to about when they were wrong about this subject.

      Mmmm, wonder who those people are.

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